Playoff challenger Almirola collected in early wreck at Talladega
Aric Almirola will go to the Charlotte Roval final on the playoff grid after exiting Sunday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway earlier than the top of the primary stage.
Almirola was main the surface lane when he wound up become the surface wall on lap 59. Alex Bowman was working behind Almirola and was additionally collected within the accident, as had been Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney.
The injury was an excessive amount of for Almirola’s No. 10 Stewart-Haas Racing workforce to restore after trying issues over on pit highway. However earlier than coming to his crew’s consideration, Almirola, pitted a couple of stalls in entrance of Bowman, stopped subsequent to Bowman on pit highway as Bowman acquired restore work from his workforce.
“I’m okay,” mentioned Almirola. “I actually haven’t seen the replay, so it’s exhausting to say, however I bought hit from behind and turned within the outdoors fence. It’s such a disgrace. We had such a quick Smithfield Energy Bites Ford Mustang; I’m simply disenchanted.
“We had been doing every little thing we wanted to do. We had been closing in on the top of Stage 1, and it appeared like we had been going to attain plenty of factors there, which is strictly what we wanted to do. It appears like (Bowman) bought to my outdoors, and my automobile began to show to the correct, so it’s unlucky. I don’t know if he bought behind me and hooked me or how that performed out, however my automobile simply made a tough proper into the fence. It’s unlucky.
“I had plenty of confidence going into in the present day. I believed we had been going to have a great shot to win. Our automobile was so quick, however sadly, the Good Lord had totally different plans for us in the present day. We’ll go onto the Roval and check out yet another time.”
Almirola will earn one level from Talladega. He can be in a possible must-win scenario on the Roval if he’s going to advance into the Spherical of 8.